2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Engineering

In developing a strong engineering program within a traditional liberal arts setting, the faculty and staff of the Department of Engineering, with input from other constituents, have established Program Educational Objectives.

In their careers, we expect TCU engineering graduates to:

  1. Apply scientific and mathematical fundamentals in the professional practice of engineering or related fields
  2. Use effective communications and team skills to lead in their professions and communities
  3. Demonstrate integrity, responsibility and accountability in their personal and professional lives
  4. Be motivated to engage in life-long learning and professional development

Engineering is available as a major on the BS degree with the choice of either an electrical or mechanical emphasis. All programs of study include a solid liberal arts component and a fundamental core of engineering courses that provide a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering. They conclude with a three-semester design sequence, which is common to students in both areas of emphasis. The Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The programs of study are identical for the first three semesters with an emphasis choice required during the second year. A minimum total of 129 hours of TCU Core Curriculum, engineering and associated courses is required for the BS degree with a major in engineering. All programs are based on a strong background in mathematics and the basic sciences. Suggested four-year course sequences are available from the Department of Engineering.

Focus on Energy Systems

A focus area on energy systems is available in both the electrical and mechanical engineering emphases. It provides the opportunity to contribute solutions to the global energy problem and is designed for students wishing to work in the energy sector. Students acquire specific technical skills in energy systems in addition to a strong background in engineering fundamentals. Minimum required credit hours for students in this area of study are 135.

Honors College

Engineering majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in ENGR 30003 during their junior year and ENGR 40003 during their senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants should refer to General Policies in the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements and deadlines. A degree plan is prepared for each transfer student during the student's first semester of enrollment at TCU. The application of previous coursework to an engineering degree at TCU is based upon equivalency of content with TCU courses. Special approval is required to complete any engineering emphasis courses outside of TCU. A maximum of 15 semester hours of transfer credit may be applied to the engineering core. All engineering courses must be from programs with ABET accreditation, unless otherwise pre-approved. Contact the Department of Engineering for additional information on its transfer policy and procedures.

Pass/No-Credit Option

See the Bachelor's Degree Definitions and Regulations in the Bachelor's Degree section of the University requirements.

Up to (but no more than) three hours earned in elective courses which are offered only on a pass/no-credit basis may be applied to meet major or minor requirements within the College of Science and Engineering. Additional hours in such courses may be used as free electives or for majors or minors in other colleges (as permitted by those colleges).